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Classroom Materials Management

Equipment management is an important part of teaching FOSS. Each teacher guide includes a Materials folio. It provides an inventory list of the permanent and consumable items in the kit, a list of materials supplied by the teacher, and a list of items from the Measurement kit needed for the module. Consumable materials are supplied for two uses before replenishment is necessary. Beyond seeds, brine shrimp eggs, and yeast, living organisms are not included in the kit. See Sources of Organisms and Plant and Animal Care for more information.

FOSS modules use a central materials distribution. You organize all the materials for an investigation on a single table called the materials station. As the investigation progresses, one member of each group gets materials as they are needed, and another returns the materials when the investigation is complete. You place items at the station—students do the rest.

Following the procedures described in each investigation will make for a very safe experience in the classroom. Look for the safety-note icon in the Getting Ready section, which will alert you to safety concerns throughout the module. Each kit also comes with the Safety Poster describing general classroom safety rules to share with students.

Materials from the Measurement Kit. You will need access to FOSS measurement tools for many of the modules for grades 3–6 only. These are indicated in the Materials folio for each module. These materials are available from Delta Education as Measurement Tool Kits or you can use them from your Measurement Module. Here's the complete list.

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Measurement
No additional items are needed.

Ideas and Inventions

8
Basins
16
Hand lenses
   
  Optional Items
Containers, 1/2-liter
Plastic cups


Earth Materials

Optional items

8
FOSS balances
16
Plastic cups
2
Mass sets (5, 10, 25 g)
200
Gram pieces
8
Syringes
16
Hand lenses
8
Meter tapes
8
Zip bags, medium (for mass sets)

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Water

8
FOSS balances
8
Basins
8
Beakers, 100-ml
8
Containers, 1-liter
8
Containers, 1/2-liter
8
Graduated cylinders
16
Hand lenses
2
Pitchers
1
Spoon, 5-ml
8
Syringes
4
Thermometer


Physics of Sound

8
Basins
1
Meter tape


Magnetism and Electricity

8
FOSS balances


Structures of Life

8
FOSS balances
8
Basins
16
Hand lenses
2
Mass sets (5, 10, 25 g)
200
Gram pieces
2
Pitchers (1 optional)
8
Zip bags, medium (for mass sets)

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Human Body

8
Meter tapes
   
  Optional items
6
Containers, 1/2-liter
8
Basins

Variables

8
Basins
16
Plastic cups
8
Graduated cylinders, 50-ml
8
Syringes, 50-ml


Models and Designs

2
Basins
1
Beaker, 100-ml
1
Beaker, 1-liter
8
Meter tapes


Landforms

8
Basins
8
Containers, 1-liter
16
Hand lenses
8
Meter tapes
   
  Optional items
Gram pieces
2
Pitchers

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Solar Energy

8
Containers, 1-liter
2
Pitchers
8
Syringes, 50-ml


Mixtures and Solutions

8
FOSS balances
8
Basins
1
Beaker, 1-liter
8
Containers, 1/2-liter
8
Containers, 1-liter
16
Hand lenses
2
Mass sets (5, 10, 25 g)
200
Gram pieces
2
Pitchers
8
Syringes, 50-ml
8
Zip bags, medium (for mass sets)


Levers and Pulleys

No additional items are needed.

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Environments

2
Basins
8
Beakers, 100-ml
1
Beaker, 1-liter
16
Hand lenses
8
Meter tapes
2
Pitchers
8
Thermometers, Celsius


Food and Nutrition

8
FOSS balances
1
Beaker, 1-liter
8
Containers, 1-liter
100
Gram pieces
1
Pitcher
8
Syringes, 50-ml
8
Thermometers, Celsius

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